How Do I Know I am Called To Be A Church Planter?

You’re saying to everyone who will listen- “Sign me up!”  You have an internal calling to share Christ and believe the best expression of your gifting of evangelism is to plant a church.  You may or may not see yourself as the senior pastor, but you plan to contribute significantly to planting of a church.  You also may have heard comments by others that you are called to plant.  It might have been in reference to a prophetic word, or simply through an affirmation of your gifting. 

As a strategic member of the team, you will want to do your best to understand Scripture and to apply it to your church leadership.  You’re also looking to know more about how to lead a team and also be looking for wisdom from those that have gone before you in this pursuit.  VI partners with the Multiply Vineyard initiative to make sure you are well equipped to be sent out to start a new church plant. 

The Journey to become a Church Planter

Below we have highlighted for you the required and recommended elective courses that you will want to take throughout your time in VI.

  • Required Core Courses +

    Required Kingdom of God Courses
    Story of the Kingdom Croasmun & Williams
    Understanding the Kingdom Morphew
    Demonstrating the Kingdom Various Instructors
    Spiritual Formation Summerell
    Kingdom of God: Capstone Howitt & Morphew
  • Required Ministry Courses +

    Required Ministry Courses
    Assimilation :Transforming 1st Time Guests into Engaged MembersChorlian
    Discipleship and EvangelismVan Dop & Mendola
    Hermeneutics 1Morphew
    Homiletics: The Art of PreachingNathan
    Ministry to the PoorHowitt & Morphew
    Pastoral Care and Small GroupsRees, Rønne-Samuelsen & Hawes
  • Recommended Electives +

    Recommended Electives
    1 Corinthians Howitt
    Ancient and Contemporary Gnosticism Morphew
    Church Development and Leadership: Money, Power and Ethics Nicholson
    Church Growth Nathan & Parker
    Healing 1 Venter
    Healing 2 Venter
    Leaders Self Understanding Williams & Heselton
    Luke-Acts Morphew
    Old Testament Theology Kim
    Peacemaking Love
    Philosophy of Ministry Venter
    Reconciliation Montgomery & Venter
    The Book of Hebrews Morphew
    The Holy Spirit: God Inside Out Ponsonby
    Women in Ministry Stovel & Morphew
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Student Expectations

We want to make sure you have all the facts about your upcoming course experience so you know how to prepare and be able to set appropriate expectations of the next 2 or 3 years with us and to be able to set aside the right amount of time for each course of study. Click here to see the highlights of your course experience.

The vast majority of our students become involved in a church community in service and support of practical ministry initiatives.  The Vineyard Institute praxis courses provide a structured way for both student and church to benefit as students are trained in to be church planters right in your own church.  Serving your church in this manner is a great way for your spiritual and practical gifts to be recognized.

Requirements for Graduation

  • 30 Courses (2 or 3 years to complete)
  • 270 Praxis Hours
  • 2.0 or higher GPA

Certification upon Graduation

Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership (ACBL)